They Just Don’t Get It

It is now 7 weeks since I lost my job. A job which, although I was not overly fond of, paid my bills and allowed me to move in towards London; something I had wanted to do since graduating university in 2016. The job was boring. Tedious. Mundane. Tiresome. I am creative. Artistic. Imaginative. Inventive. It was never going to be a good mix. Luckily for me, the only reason they let me go was their own money problems, so I left on good terms and they promised to give me a glowing reference. (Yay me!)

adult art conceptual dark

Anyway, the job hunt began immediately and I was swept up in the abundance of recruiters online who search the jobs sites daily for potential candidates for roles they have to fill. Now, (disclaimer alert) I have had some success in the past with recruitment agents and I am in no way disrespecting what they do – but after a couple of weeks of harassment their calls, I began to see a pattern emerging. 

The majority of recruiters do not cover roles in the creative industry, so when they call up asking about your ‘current situation’ many of them hang up disgruntled at you being a dead end for them. Two agencies that I have had dealings with in the last month have made me feel completely stupid for getting a degree in what I wanted (journalism) instead of something society would brand ‘useful’ like Mathematics or English.  

As you may recall from my first post, when I lost my job, I took it as a sign that I should be working on what I want for myself and not what I think I should have. With all of the extra time on my hands, I was able to jump into the deep end – researching freelance writing and toying with the idea of rejigging one of my blogs from years gone by. I decided to start over, (here at Ellie’s London) and began to write on a daily basis. I even plunged into bullet journaling; the pretty colours and distinct lack of rules on how to do it, appealing to me a great deal. I started to write again. Anything and everything. I felt happier than I had felt in over five years. This is simply what I had to be doing.

Those trusty colourful fineliners…

After planning what seemed to be the next 20 years of my life in my new bullet journal, (do let me know if you would like to read more about that!) I eventually put down the colourful fineliners and rehashed my profiles on CV portals. I was seeking a part time job, a new role, a new industry, local to me; a humble little money maker to give me a more stable income than I knew writing would provide. Unfortunately, recruiters just don’t get it. One advised me that I was being “completely unrealistic” in my search because I was not looking for 37.5 hours a week chained to a desk. A second recruiter telling me that the “standard working hours, 9-5, were the most desirable and what most people want,” and a third asking “why can’t you be creative on your evenings and weekends”, suggesting that I write on my commute, seeing as the local job she found me was over an hour away on the bus!

Recruiters need to understand that this is not how creativity works. You can’t, or at least I can’t, just turn it on because I have some free time. It’s great for you if you can work full time and still manage to be a writer/creator but for the last two years I have been consumed by soul sapping admin jobs and definitively know I am just not happy there, regardless of the convenient commute, lovely people or varied demands of the job in hand.

Have you had any less than favourable experiences on the hunt for a new role? Do let me know below if you’ve had dealing with rude recruiters or anyone that just doesn’t get it.

*At the moment I am still looking for a role which will give me the flexibility I desire, juggling reckless recruiter cold calls, writing and researching freelance projects and creating content for my new blog. 

28 thoughts on “They Just Don’t Get It”

  1. I haven’t met one yet but recently applied for one through a job search website and turns out that company doesn’t even have a website and uses gmail.com as their email. Dubious or not, I wouldn’t want to work in such a company that can’t be found online at all.
    Just gotta keep swimming haha


  2. Never give in to being bullied into doing something “they” think is right for you.
    Following the dream can be hard but it will all work out the way it’s meant too
    Love you

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  3. I get it. Need to take flight for another chapter of Amani. If you know what I mean. To feel a character you need to be out in the world where it was created.


  4. If you read my “about me” ( http://www.candohanitude.com/aboutme ) , I also had lost my job and started a blog to help me cope with loosing my job. It’s good to take time off and reflect on what it is you really want. But I also think it important to remember that sometimes you have to do a job you don’t necessarily want to pay the bills. The right opportunities do present the self eventually and you can’t be afraid to take them. I’ve felt everything you’ve felt before. TWICE. And what I’ve learned is that everything happens for a reason and if they hadn’t happened to me, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

    Best of luck on your job hunt. And if you ever have any questions, please let me know. I’ve been trough it before.

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    1. Thank you so much – I have been here before as well, once for 3 months after I graduated and once for 2 months at the end of 2016, after my internship came to an end, so I am trying to keep positive. Today, I managed to pitch to 4 companies (as a freelancer) and I have 1 ‘proper’ interview (at a job I don’t want) and 3 others (as a freelancer) so far this week, so fingers crossed something will happen! I will check out your page now 🙂


  5. First, sorry you lost your job but everything always work out for the best and I’m happy you see this as a redirection to doing something better for yourself. Now I never had a difficult time with recruiters but Ellie this post opened my eyes to appreciating where I am. After being rejected by 38 companies, I was so concerned in finding a job. Everyday I’m understanding this is time to take a break and really buckle down on what I need to do, which is write. I really like that you blog on a daily basis, cool commitment. Following you now!

    Natonya | http://www.justnatonya.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you so much ♥ I keep reminding myself that it was a sign, as I was so unhappy at my last role – the universe was telling me to do what I want. This week I woke up so determined and pitched to a bunch of companies my freelance services and I have an interview and some meetings scheduled for this week! Having an optimistic outlook I honestly think helps with this stuff. 38 companies is crazy! I’ve been applying for 20-30 jobs each week for 6 weeks. Since launching my lil blog I’m looking for opportunities I want, not what I should have! I love your content too 🙂 looking forward to new posts.

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      1. This is brilliant and the right attitude to have. Luckily if there is ever a lack of support, we have the blogging community to turn to and someone will always make us smile ♥ x


  6. Creativity can’t be turned on and off like that…. I completely agree with you there! Most of us actually don’t have the guts to get out of their mundane jobs and start doing what they really love. Especially if it’s something as risky as freelancing…. I wish you all the very best! ☺️✌️Hope you find success as well as happiness (For in this world ppl usually get only one of the two) 😅

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    1. Thank you so much for your support ♥ it really doesn’t help that there is such a stigma against us – when people say mention they’re creative people laugh at you like what is your ‘real’ job 😦 I feel very lucky to have a bit of support from friends and family on my quest for happiness (and success) x


  7. Ugh I hate job searching. I just want to write, as well, and I can’t find a job that requires it. I was a preschool teacher but have decided to stay home with my littles and that is the job I like the best. I’m hoping blogging can earn me an income! Good luck on your job hunt!

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    1. That would be so amazing wouldn’t it! I am pretty happy to write about anything and everything at the minute, I just need somewhere to hire me! I hate how non-understanding people are when they are not creative 😦 Good luck with your blogging x

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      1. You should check out some online freelance options! I’ve used Textbroker and it doesn’t pay a ton starting out but I ranked up pretty easily and there are other companies out there, too. Thank you, good luck with your writing as well!

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  8. I understand you! I quitted my job in June, I did some certifications and started my blog. I love what I’m doing now working full time on my blog and it’s way more creative and I know that’s what I want to do now… But I will have to start looking for a new job now, and I know I want something more creative as well. Fingers crossed that we find something!

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    1. Right? Best of luck with the search, it can be so draining. I hope we find something we love too, we deserve it. It makes me so proud when people tell me they quit their jobs to be creative because these days it is such a huge risk and stigma to do it x💛


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